Heavy rain and flash flooding results in dangerous road conditions and hazardous driving conditions, with high probability of an accident.
To improve safety and prevent a crash, take the following safety measures:
Allocate extra travel time and ensure safe tyres and brakes. Wear a seat belt and put small children in child safety seats.
Decrease your speed and drive defensively. Allow at least twice the normal following distance between cars to afford room for stopping. Prepare for a sudden stop. The driver behind you cannot see well either. Brake early as you near a stop.
Rather wait for the heavy rain to let up. Roads are slippery once rain has begun to fall, especially if it has not rained for a while.
Use your dim headlights and use the defroster to increase visibility.
If possible, stay in the middle lane. Roads are higher in the middle and water runs away.
If you drove through a puddle, tap your brake pedal to help dry your brake rotors. Avoid pools of standing water as it could be covering pot holes in the surface. Do not drive into running water.
Rather take shelter and wait out the storm at a rest stop.
Do not drive through flooded areas, turn around and find an alternate route. Just 30cm of water can float a vehicle.
Avoid eating, drinking, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio – anything that requires you to take a hands off the steering.
If your car starts to glide across the surface, take your foot off the gas, but do not slam brakes. Apply slight brakes and steer in the direction of the skid. Use the clutch and let the car slow down on its own.
Keep a flashlight, booster cables, first aid kit, blanket, shovel, snacks and drinking water in the trunk of your car.